Bernard Z. Goldberg

Bernard Z. Goldberg, retired Principal Flutist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, has had a long & distinguished career as one of the world’s leading flutists and flute pedagogues. In fact, Marcel Moyse stated that he was “without a doubt my successor”.

Mr. Goldberg began his study of the flute with John Kiburz & Laurent Torno of the St. Louis Symphony and made his debut with that orchestra at the age of 16. Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Goldberg became a scholarship student at the Julliard School of Music of George Barrere who was in turn a student of Henri Altes and Paul Taffanel at the Conservatoire Nationale.

Before graduating from Julliard, Mr. Goldberg was chosen to join the Cleveland Orchestra & became its Principal Flutist two years later. He was appointed Principal Flutist with the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1947 by the legendary Fritz Reiner, then conductor of that orchestra.

Demonstrating his commitment to excellence both as a flutist & musician, he furthered his knowledge, even after his appointment, by studying with Lucien Lavaillotte, Principal Flutist of the Paris Opera & Marcel Moyse as well as Bach interpretation with Dirian Alexanian & private coaching with Pablo Casals.

In addition to his responsibilities as Principal Flutist with the PSO, Mr. Goldberg has on many occasions, been featured as a soloist with the orchestra. He has also performed as soloist with the Casals Festivals both in Prades & San Juan, the Marlboro Festival, Edinburgh Festival and the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center where he was also Principal Flute. He has premiered works by such composers as Frank Martin, Virgil Thompson, John Williams, Leonard Bernstein, Ned Rorem, Wilfrid Mellers and many others.

Since his retirement from the Pittsburgh Symphony in 1993, he has been active as conductor & musical director of the McKeesport PA Symphony Orchestra (1993-2001) and has served as flute coach for the Asian Youth Orchestra. He is currently a member of the faculty of the Brooklyn College Conservatory and maintains an active private studio and master class schedule.